The Disobedient Aprons workshop is poised to call out everyday sexism in a new and interesting way, embroidering or appliquéing short statements onto aprons. The workshop is happening on July 24 over a six-hour period between 10 and 4.
Artist Julie Montgarrett is going to be running the workshop - she explained the concept and the many layers of irony it hopes to encapsulate.
"The idea is to challenge the notion of the apron. Aprons have become representative of that charming, pleasant hostess ... the whole vintage 1950's trope, if you will," she said.
She added that while the style had come back in some areas, as a tongue-in-cheek play on the original nature, the traditional apron remained a symbol of sexism.
"The return of the allegedly ironic vintage apron remains a chauvinist garment that subliminally enforces by association the narrow roles and sexist attitudes of the past," a statement reads.
It's a game to challenge peopleJulie Montgarrett
"The aprons are made from men's shirts and ties, and then participants will come up with a word or a phrase to subvert or undermine it ... one that someone suggested was 'that didn't happen' which we hear a lot. It'll be presenting them differently, from women who find them quite significant," Dr Montgarrett said.
"It's a game to challenge people and get people to think."
The workshop will be providing materials but attendees are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines and extension cords, if they have them.
Finished artworks will be displayed at the gallery as part of the Political Women exhibition through October and November, as well as the Lake Macquarie Museum of Art and Culture/Yapang's exhibition in early 2022.
Aprons will naturally be returned to their creators after the exhibitions.
The workshop is being presented by the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, as well as artist-led organisation The Cad Factory.
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